Crawfish Season in St. Tammany Parish

Crawfish Season Off to a Great Start
With crawfish season in full swing, it’s safe to say that this has been one of the better seasons. With consistently warmer temperatures and much-needed rainfall, the slow start to crawfish season has improved drastically. The rainfall has freshened up the ponds along St. Tammany Parish, improved the quality of the water and has made the crawfish more active. While some farmers have had a little too much rain and slight flooding, most have found the fresh rainwater to be just what was needed to spruce up their supply of crawfish.

Crawfish Prices Remain Steady The price of crawfish is impacted by supply and demand, and this year, the prices have remained relatively steady. They started out a bit higher at the start of the season before the crawfish were abundant but now have stayed around the $3 per pound mark. Of course, living in the St. Tammany area, locals don’t mind spending money on fresh crawfish. With crawfish cook-offs, crawfish-inspired dishes and restaurants that are known for their delectable menus centered on mudbugs, it’s hard not to take advantage of crawfish in St. Tammany.

Eating Crawfish like a Local If you want to dine on crawfish, there are a few things you should know so that you can blend in with the locals. To eat a crawfish, you hold the head with one hand, grab the tail with the other and hold it high. Then twist the tail and gently pull to separate the head and tail. Some locals are a bit more daring and choose to suck the juices out of the head. Either way you choose to eat these mudbugs, you’ll find them especially tender and juicy this year, keeping consistent with the better crops, warmer temperatures and tepid rainfalls.

Crawfish Consumption Skyrockets during Lent To show just how good crawfish season really has been going, this is the first year that fishermen haven’t had to raise the prices for Holy Week. Traditionally, there are usually cold fronts that come through the area and cause the mudbugs to bury into the mud. Sometimes they get trapped in the mud and die, causing the supply to decrease. Not this year. The steady temperatures have kept the supply of crawfish in St. Tammany plentiful so that families could buy their sack of crawfish at a decent price.

Even though Lent is over and more people will be back to eating meat, crawfish boils will still remain popular throughout the spring season. It’s not just the smell of the seafood boils or the families cooking up the mudbugs that lets you know it’s crawfish season, but also the shells you’ll find lined on the beaches.

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